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30-03-04, 05:06 PM
Looking around in my local car accessory shop today, I noticed they had two sorts of Valvoline Racing Oil.

One was the Valvoline 20/50 racing oil (black can), the other Was Valvoline VR1 20/50 racing oil.

Does anyone know what the difference is ?, is one better than the other at high temp or something ?, just curious..


30-03-04, 06:25 PM
The VR1 is synthetic,which I think is unsuitable for an RV8, I use the Black can 20/50 racing and have found it well good.
Steve G {-}
GE427-Rover 281ci.(300+BHP)

30-03-04, 09:05 PM
I dont know why but Real Steel told
me not to use the racing oil for normal
road use.


30-03-04, 09:11 PM
Valvoline 20/50 Racing oil in the black can is mineral oil and is excellent, increased my oil pressure by 10psi over Castrol 20/50

:tu :tu :tu :tu :tu :tu

30-03-04, 10:15 PM
Anybody know where the most likely place is that stocks valvaline?
Its a real sod to find as most places are not bothering to stock it anymore.

Incidental boys,have been busy,refurbishing my flat recently this seems to be taking up my time recently.I long for the day when i can spend money on the things that really matter like my car and garage!!!!!!!
Dont worry i am still about!

30-03-04, 11:16 PM
I can buy it trade by the case. If anyones interested I can find out a price.


Steve Senior
31-03-04, 06:50 AM
Yes please Russ my spring oil change is due


PS why would Real Steel say its not suitable for road cars?

31-03-04, 07:07 AM

Good job I've been buying the black can 20/50, and yes it does seem to hold better oil pressure, and I use less oil.



31-03-04, 07:35 AM
Valvoline Racing SAE 20W-50 Motor Oil 5L 19.95


31-03-04, 10:49 AM
I too would be interested in buying some through you.

31-03-04, 12:48 PM
Price is 15.25 inc VAT. Valvoline Racing SAE20W-50, 5 Liters.

Give me 4 takers and I'll order a case.


31-03-04, 02:19 PM
told me the same,its for racing engines that have more frequent oil changes,what this does to its properties i dont know ,they advised valvoline 15 50 for me

31-03-04, 03:11 PM
Hi Russ, I too would be interested.

Thanks Martin :tu :tu :tu :tu

31-03-04, 03:53 PM

6 x 5 liters for me please. I look after my engine. :tu :tu

31-03-04, 04:03 PM
Shame about the rest of the Car x( x( :} Sorry Rob

Martin :-;

31-03-04, 04:54 PM
The main difference between racing oils and road going oils is their detergent properties and durability. The reason your oil is mucky at each change is because it is removing the crud from the engine (a good thing!) Racing oil is not expected to do this as the engines get more frequent changes, little low speed dirty running and regular strip downs. They also only have to last at peak performance for a few hours. Racing oil is not therefore 'better' but different and for a specific purpose - just as 'regular' road going oil is special to purpose. :tu

31-03-04, 05:47 PM
Just bought 20L from

Bolney Grange Garage
11 Bolney Grange Business Park
Bolney, Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH17 5PA
01444 239922
for 60

Mike :tu

31-03-04, 08:38 PM
From the Valvoline UK website:-

"Racing motor oils are also suitable for every-day city and motorway driving."

Dealer locator http://www.valvolineuk.com/dealers/index.html

01-04-04, 06:49 PM
I grant you the difference is narrowing but they recommend Synpower (a synthetic like Mobil 1) for normal use use & not the Racing brand.

02-04-04, 07:46 AM
How important is it to use synthetic or non synthetic oil?

When I bought my SRV8, with a Ford Windsor 351 engine, I was told to only use normal Castrol GTX and not to use a synthetic oil. Why?

Thanks in advance.

02-04-04, 08:07 AM
I think the main reason is that modern synthetic oils tend to be very thin and designed for modern engine tolerances and technologies.
Most people recomend a quality 20/50 like the Valvoline Racing oil for our older technology Yank lumps.
I certainly have seen better oil pressure maintained at all times since I started using it.


Kev Davies
Dax, 383ci Chevy Stroker, Tremec TKO
South Wales

02-04-04, 12:00 PM
Thanks Kev

02-04-04, 06:45 PM
I have 40 liters in 5 liter bottles. If anyone wants some, mail me. 15.25 as i said before. I can either post it to you or take it to Stoneleigh etc.


03-04-04, 11:56 AM
I've tried various oils in various old cars - and with '70s American motors our Cobras count as old cars. Used Valvoline and Penrite 20/60s for years, with excellent pressure and no problems. Just for a change, I tried Castrol Classic (in a Healey 3000, I think it was. Basically a Nuffield small truck engine, then). Oil pressure dropped significantly - I went back to the Penrite, and it all returned. Used Penrite in the Chrysler 440, and now in the 289. Great stuff, just a bit tricky to get. Their 20/60 is now called HPR30.

03-04-04, 01:55 PM
Stoneleigh would be good - four bottles preferably, or two if in demand. Will liaise nearer the time.

03-04-04, 02:25 PM
I can always order some more if there's enough demand. I might even talk to Rob about putting it in the club shop. No profit for me - could include Valvoline LSD oil also.


03-04-04, 03:28 PM
That's agreat idea Russ, go for it.


Kev Davies
Dax, 383ci Chevy Stroker, Tremec TKO
South Wales

Ian D c
05-04-04, 07:07 PM
Yep great idea Russ, will stop us lot nagging you every 5 mins:} :}